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Inzamam made Pakistan batting consultant

Umar Farooq

December 13, 2012

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Inzamam-ul-Haq gets in position to cut, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Lahore, 2nd day, October 9, 2007
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Pakistan have roped in former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq as batting consultant, and also appointed a psychologist, to prepare for the India tour. Inzamam work with the batsmen on a series-by-series basis as the PCB has, for now, shelved the idea appointing a full-time batting coach.

"We have engaged the services of Inzamam ahead of the India tour," Ashraf told reporters in Muridke, a town near Lahore. "He won't travel to India with the team but will help the batsmen in the camp as batting consultant. He will part of the touring unit that goes next year to South Africa.

"Psychologist Maqbool Babri has also been signed up to help motivate the players for the challenging [India] tour."

The PCB had originally planned to recruit a specialist coaching panel with separate people taking charge of batting, bowling and fielding, but then appointed head coach Dav Whatmore with the additional responsibilities of batting coach.

Then, after a detailed review of Pakistan's performance at the World Twenty20, where the team reached the semi-final only to lose to Sri Lanka by 16 runs while chasing a target of 140, the idea of a separate full-time batting coach once again took root. However, the PCB got a lukewarm response and now they've settled on a series-by-series consultant.

In response to the PCB advert, several former Pakistan Test batsmen, including Zaheer Abbas and Saleem Malik, had applied for the role but the PCB was looking to hire a qualified coach - candidates with at least Level 3 coaching accreditation and at least five years' experience working with top cricketers were requirements.

India and Pakistan will revive their cricketing ties after five years with a series of two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals, starting on December 25 in Bangalore. The two Pakistan squads have assembled at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, for a week-long training camp before flying to India on December 22.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (December 16, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Inzi should travel with the team as his figure & stature can bring stability in the dug out. Ciao...

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Inzi is a good choice he should train players to handle pressure like he used to do very often

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

It shows that Dav has not been upto the task when it comes to his role of batting coach (he was appointed for two roles), and recent results have been unfavourable too. This is obviously a great change given the current situation, and INZI's great experience (having played more matches than even Miandad). Lets hope youngsters learn from the big man, who would be speaking in the local language

Posted by Harinasi on (December 15, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

nice to see Inzy back, now that I reflect how much I hated him when he's batting, I realized how big figure he is...PS:- from an Indian

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Inzi is a very natural player just like saeed anwar I dont think they can teach their styles its just like their eye hand coordination is too good but we can't ignore their services for Pakistan. Moreover, editor had written "candidates with at least Level 3 coaching accreditation" I doubt Inzamam had taken any level 3 coaching program.

Posted by Desihungama on (December 15, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

I just hope and pray he does not take the team to Okara for the practice with Mohd. Yousaf leading the procession. Other than that, he can instill what's lacking in the batsmen, Confidence!

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Inzi bhai plsss give more times for n.jamsid n u.akmal

Posted by jimbond on (December 15, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

He can give them wisdom, and experience and confidence. Though not much in terms of technique as most of his was inherent and instinctive. Technique wise- Yousuf or Younis khan (or Miandad if he could be interested) could have been better choices. But Inzamam is someone whom all the batsmen in the team would respect and listen to- which is a rare thing in Pak cricket.

Posted by RowdyChoudhary on (December 15, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

great decision, as most of the players respect him, he will just fit in and the youngster will also learn a lot. may Allah make this a blessing decision for team Pakistan. ameen.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Great news!!!!!! The greatest match winner nominated the batting consultant. Can't get much better. The best decision that PCB has ever made

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

pakistan cricket board had first time a very good and attractive selection..inzi is huge batsman he will be best for pakistan cricket team

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

GOOD CALL ... i think inzi will render his services and will carry on for a good Pakistani future . And convert his calmness into Pakistani camp ... !!

Posted by justshmad on (December 14, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

wanted to see another Great; Saeed Anwar. Anyway, gud luck to inzamam ul haq....We also need aaqib javaid (not M. Akram) as a bowling coach who was keen to keep a pool of bowlers...

Posted by M.ziaullah on (December 14, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Great news from pcb and it will be good for pakistanis batsman.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Every good batsman can't be a good coach. And the last time Inzi was associated with the team, major conflicts arose, factions came into being. Pathetic decision.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

good descision by pcb atleast now pakistani batting line up can have some stability . but inzy dont teach them running between the wickets lolz

Posted by doubtingthomas on (December 14, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Go Inzy ! We love you !

Posted by applethief on (December 14, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

You can't teach the Inzi style of batting :)

Posted by xylofon on (December 14, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Too late. What can Inzi do with so little time. This should have been done a long time ago. But lets hope N Jamshed can listen, Inzi is not teaching them how to run, its the batting part and he knows that well.

Still its about selection this time around, new batters must be given the chance, not just picked to travel. Umar Amin, Anwar Ali (bowling allrounder) should be given the chance to play from the get go, not just at the end of a match like they did with Hammad Azam.

Babar Azam would be the perfect choice for India series, no doubt. Ive seen a whole team fail except for him. They simply cant move him from the wicket. Best cricketer in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

This is a decision which I can say is a good one by PCB.

Posted by abdullahiqbal on (December 14, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Good work by pcb this good salection but what say by amir returen

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6, lol.... right on!!!

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (December 14, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

inzi is best man to have in team unit !

Posted by Fearless_Greens on (December 14, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Please keep Inzi away when team is doing the fielding practice specially running between the wickets :p On serious note, a good decision by PCB. Should have inducted him before but its never too late. I think he can give some good tips to Asad Shafiq and Nasir Jamshed who really need to know how to stay on wicket. May be experienced players like Muhammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal can get some good insights from the big man.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Very good batsman & Run out master

Posted by saeed101 on (December 14, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Pcb is finally starting to do good and hope inzi bahi gets best out of umar akmal and other young batsmen my starting eleven would be: N Jamshed, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Harris Sohail, Mohhamed Rizwan, Hammad azam, Ashan adil, Junaid Khan, Raza Hasan Depending on who and the conditions we are playing in we can add another bowler in place of hammad azam or we can drop 1 batsmen. This would be my bench: Sharjeel Khan,Imam ul haq,Azim Ghumman, Usman Salladuhin, Jamal Anwar, Sadaf Hussain, Zia ul haq, Muhammed Rammez, Usman Qadir and would have Amir back when his ban is over as i belive eveybody deserves a 2nd chance+one of the 2 Ws would be my bowling coach either Wasim or Waqar. what do you think of this team guys?

Posted by BoonBoom on (December 14, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Absolutely pathetic decision. No doubt Inzamam is a class batsman but that does not mean he can be a good coach who is able to make others understand. Inzamam is an extremely bad communicator who is more interested spreading his own belief with respect to religion. He is bound to bring tablighi culture in the team and will not have good terms with Whatmore due to language barrier. Zaheer Abbas would have been a perfect choice because he is well respected all over.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 14, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

@SRT_Bestwith_vivdonsobers,come on man if 38 is a poor average than i guess dravids,laxmans,ganguly R way more over.ratd n ovrhypd than him.dravid was nevr a match winer in real sense but was more of a match saver.INZI'S TEMPERATMENT IS UNMATCHED,ATLEAST IN ASIA,WHEN IT COMES TO PLAYING UNDERPRESURE N WID TAILENDERS,HAV U FORGOTEN KARACHI MATCH WHERE PAK NEARLY PULLED the bigest chase in odis(at that time), inzi iz second only to sachin(statisticaly),while former iz a biger match winer than latter,inzi can b compared to great batsmen of any era.@countrstrike1.6,WHAT ABOUT UMER AKMAL,HE HAS A BETR Record than Ur ovr.ratd rainas n sharmas and now kohli losing the spark also

Posted by Pane on (December 14, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Inzi R U still LAZY.If so then just teach the chaps how to bat,not how to run. Anyhow he was technically one of the most sound batsman of his era. Praying for ur success.Good luck and all the best for this role.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Zaheer Abbas was my first choice

Posted by PakFan1209 on (December 14, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

inzamam is a great choice....the only good decision made by PCB this year

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Top choice! Inzy bhai is bound to bring batting results fast!

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (December 14, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Good for Pak batsmen. Except Jamshed all youngsters in Pak team are sloggers. This might help but I'm afraid we might see lots of run outs too.

Posted by AhmedUWIC on (December 14, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

first up, I wanna say that I absolutely love and adore Inzi as a batsman and I think he's one of the best, greatest and most technically sound batsman of all times - there was also some computerised analysis done, which said it was Inzi and not Sachin, who was the most technically sound batsman.

However, in the spirit of a bit of banter, just wanna say; hope he sticks to teaching the lads all about batting and nothing about running/running out :)

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

well done PCB...atleast they have roped a player of the caliber of Inzi....certainly one of the best batsmen of modern era..

Posted by ABLcric on (December 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

Inzi is cool! There is no doubt about his superior quality of batting. He was a different sort of batting class. To be a coach, he needs to be different. Coaching is an art. Many greats have not been a good coach. It involves good communication skills, people skills, patience, understanding the psyche of the players, and be able to take the pressure from the Board. These required attributes do not match with Inzi's style. I think, he is just toooo cool for this hot position.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (December 14, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

good.inzi is My best player.after younas my hero.hope he get some good thing from players mind.best of luck inzi

Posted by Samar_Singh on (December 14, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

That's a good news and hope Inzi also give the players his secret tips about running between the wickets.ha ha ha.. Good luck Inzi.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

I am a big admirer of Inzi. Inzi knows his limitations but I am not sure is Is he able to convert his technique to any youngster? My point of view is slightly different from PCB. We need to change the technique of our youngster not those who just knows the taste of World Cricket. So Inzi, Zaheer Abbas, Anwar & Qasim Umar must be use in our grass root level. Once our youngster learn under these brilliant batsman they must be perform well and also able to taking a pressure of World Cricket. :)

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

now we are talking !!! The Legend is back..... Best ever batsman to represent the greens :-)

Posted by Y.Raza on (December 14, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

what a good news for youngsters in green shirts

Posted by shchoudhary on (December 14, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

One should really appreciate this step taken by PCB...but i do feel that we do lack in bowling department....anyways best of luck to Pakistan.

Posted by Mcroos on (December 14, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Good choice Inzamam is one of my favorite cricketer in the world. All the best for pakistan cricket comment from a srilankan.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

The legend has returned to cricket. I am pleased with this decision. Although pissed on dropping of Razzaq and Afridi.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Very good decision by the board. Inzamam can make Pakistan batting better if players are sincere, otherwise even ten Inzamam are not enough. GOOD DECISION.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

Inzi ! is he the best option at the movement? But, what about my best any time player Saeed Anwer

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

I Haque is cool and ideal for coaching. One wld hv thought he could go for politics using his popularity....

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

good step taken by pcb to appoint inzi bai as a coach of pakistan team

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Very good decision. I remember SAkhtar said (and wrote in his memior) he could never dismiss Inzi in nets, had such a great technique and composure. Hope the younsters learn a few lessons from the former legend.

But when did he get "Level 3 coaching accreditation and at least five years' experience " ??

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (December 14, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

Great Inzi, good choice by Pak.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 2:03 GMT)

Welcome Inzi. He should be given time. I dont know if this series to series base service would benefit cricketers or not.

Posted by fuzzyeggs on (December 14, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

good choice....i think he will help out alot..

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 1:02 GMT)

One of the all time best batsmen for Pakistan. He was the best batsmen during pressure situations, good move pcb hope he do wonders for Pakistan for the new generation of Pakistani batsmen inshallah!!!

Posted by LeftBrain on (December 14, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Please tell me this was a joke. The worst possible decision they could ever make. No disrespect to Inzimam the batsman, but he as captain and incharge was the worst possible thing happened to Pakistan cricket during this century (second to Ijaz Butt and Salman Butt fiasco of-course!). He single handedly destroyed Pakistan cricket by his third class captaincy and degraded the team of cornered tigers to street cats. He took a team of self believers and turned them into a confused bunch who didnt know how to win. Now as the team is regaining some of its old qualities, he as incharge of any thing is the worst possible thing that can happen to Pakistan cricket. I thought Zaka Ashraf meant good for Pakistan Cricket, doesnt think so anymore.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

Inzmam is the best choice, he ll perform his duties honestly. Pls comment.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 13, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

You probably know many legends but there wasn't any match winner like him. He got a brilliant record but still i think he didnt justify his talent.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (December 13, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

wonder if inzy will get his armchair along with him to the pakistan nets. On the other hand, this guys averages 38 outisde the SC... what on earth is this over-rated guy gonna teach the pak batsmen? PCB should have hired Miandad who was atleast somewhat good. Not INZI who is a bonafied flat track bully who was POOR outside the SC

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (December 13, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Very good move from PCB, after Miandad we have hardly seen any quality batsmen other than Inzi and saeed anwar. all the best to Inzi and pakistan cricket.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (December 13, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

I am an Indian fan, but I loved watching Inzi bat (even against India as long as we won :-)). He played effortless shots and made batting look insanely easy. It was also good to listen to him in post-match presentations. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy. But on the field, with bat in his hand, he was a nightmare for the bowlers when he got going. I have always wondered why his name is not discussed much when it comes to the all-time greats.

Posted by Omarrz on (December 13, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

Finally a psychologist! hire him full time. Pakistani players are hugely talented they don't need batting or bowling coach, they just need a psychologist. That's it!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

Big Man...Big Inzii back with a Bang..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

I am really happy to see Inzamam made Pakistan batting consultant because he know how to play in India. so best of luck paklistan. pscbookmarking

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

No doubt Inzi was a fine batsman.Now we will see if he can also coach.Good luck to him as well as batsmen. One thing for sure compulsary prayer for every player now.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

Zaheer Abbas would have been the better choice. Even though Inzi was an awesome batsman, can't see him doing well as a coach. He himself never realized his full potential due to his laid back attitude.

Posted by cric.lov3r on (December 13, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

great decision...... True match winner player is back in action. This decision will help youngsters specially Umar Akmal ,Asad Shafeeq and Azhar Ali. Asad can take place of Yousuf.......... Umar is a match winner and under Inzi he will become greatest match winner like Inzi....... I wish in future pakistan may not got player like Younis khan........ Want to see Saeed Anwar in camp for lefties.....

Posted by green_brigade on (December 13, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Glad to see Inzamam coaching Pakistan side.Would have been better had he accompanied the team to India,it would have boosted the morale of the team

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Thats a fantastic news for the team ! Hope he will do better

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 13, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

A psychologist and a batting consultant ? hahahahah. Is India geographically near Australia or SA ? Come on guys... just show up and play some good cricket. It's been seen before that none of these back room staff ever come good. Besides, I have always felt Inzi should have become the Pakistani coach given his laid back attitude and good relationship with many of the players.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Would really be helpful in SA tour too !!!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Good move PCB. The great Inzi is back with his large experience. He knows the requirements of modern cricket and he 'll prove it on this exciting tour May Allah bless Pakistan

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

someone like michael bevan would have been great i guess . Inzi was a great player but i dont think he is going to prove useful being the batting consultant.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

sir inzi should be the full time coach

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Very very good decision. They have called in the best the Pakistan produced and will help ALOT in preparing the batsmen mentally as he was probably the most calm and cool soul around in his time under pressure. Great step PCB !!!!!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

thats more like it!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Good decision from PCB...

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

One of my fav stylish betsman.. inzi......nice step by pcb.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

Finally some one thought about great inzi... Good decision to give duty to heros Make him permenant batting coach

Posted by mandi on (December 13, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

great news,at last inzi back in work.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 13, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Great to hear and hope Pakistan will produce the greatest batsmen in the years to come. Pakistani batters must improve their temperament where they can stay long. Sadly, Pakistan have lost a few test matches in the last decade especially against Aussies after being in a winning position, all due to bad batting. Anyway, good luck Pakistan from a Sri Lankan who adores you all from the bottom of his heart!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

good move by Pakistan cricket board

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

Finally some one thought about great inzi... Good decision to give duty to heros Make him permenant batting coach

Posted by DaDaL0G on (December 13, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

yeah !!!! thats very good decision by PCB get and i hopping they will let inzi do his work his way

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Great news , Inzi is cricket legend, knowledgeable person having good coaching mind.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (December 13, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

He was a very slow batsman and don't feel make much difference :)

Posted by CricFanster on (December 13, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Now this is the first correct step taken by PCB in long long time lol With all his experience and the kind of attitude Inzi carried would certainly help Pak Batsmen . I think this will bring positivity and calmness in Pak Batting because Inzi was Master at building innings and chasing down the Target - Good Luck from an Indian !

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Good move PCB. Inzi is a good choice. Very Calm and sensible batsman he is. He Knows the requirements of modern Cricket. He 'll Prove this thing in India.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Brilliant! Man of class with honest comittment and pure gentle man. Wishyou luck, Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by Sohailch on (December 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

it's a good decision as Inzamam has an excellent career!

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Inzamam is a good choice. always had good temrament The key is to maintain composture and not get careless under pressure from the home crowds . It is a a good thing that both countries are playing each other. It will revive interest in the game particularly in youngsters.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Very cool !! Now ..we can hope for 11 run-outs in a Pakistan innings :-P

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